Chart notes from U.S. Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse races last week.
Gemo “bled” at Mahoning
Fly Robyn Fly “vanned off” at Turf
Classified Info “bled” at Parx
Fibrillator “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Untapped Energy “vanned off” at Mahoning
Rose of Cimarron “vanned off” at Delta
Cabo Sunset “vanned off” at Delta
Autocratic “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Fidelio “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Pop Pop Susi “went bad, vanned off” at Penn
Mi Dos Corona “vanned off” at Sunland
Echo Again “went wrong, pulled up” at Fair Grounds
While not all the “vanned off” end up dead, most do, as borne out by our subsequent reporting. “Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: pulmonary hemorrhage.
ECHO AGAIN yet another victim of Steve Asmussen.
Then there are the senior racehorses who have more than earned a well-deserved retirement, but instead are being pounded into the ground by multiple owners/trainers whose sole goal is to squeeze the lemon dry.
It’s only a matter of time before they appear on these lists.
All racehorses count, but it’s this category that irks me the most.
NIGHT OPS. This 7 y.o gelding is a multiple stakes winner. That’s the highest level of racing. He’s earned $918,523 for his multiple connections and is now running for bottoms.
He’s in today, after just running, at PARX for $5000.
Not even close to $1 million is enough for these parasites to do what’s right for him because that would cost them money for his upkeep, but he’s EARNED that money!
CHRIS AND DAVE. This 10 y.o gelding is a shadow of his former self. He’s earned $882,721.
He’s now running in the claiming ranks for multiple owners/trainers who claim and dump him. He’s entered yet again at PENN 01/27 and will be under the whip 86th time.
So many more, but if people only knew the incredible stress that any race puts on any racehorse you would be shocked and heartbroken over these senior dudes being forced to run in the freezing cold by different owners/trainers with different schedules.
Horse racing continues to show the worst of humanity.
This inhumane treatment of horses is business as usual in horseracing.
Horseracing just needs to be banned completely.
Night ops came in 4th in the slop at Parx.
Agree 100% Gina. Despise claiming races & all those people who never give a horse a well deserved retirement! So many good horses that we galloped on the track were just raced until they broke down & died at the track instead of being allowed to have a well earned retirement. Every time we drive by our now gone & redeveloped track we fell so pleased to no longer know there are no horses suffering there any longer.